Lost in the Light by Angela Fraleigh and MFA Alum Jen Werner
Accompanying the exhibition Lost in the Light at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY is a unique book collaboration between Angela Fraleigh and writer Jen Werner. The book gives voice to the women that lived, visited, and worked in the Vanderbilt’s country house at Hyde Park. Based on oral histories, primary and secondary historical documents, and the muse of invention, this book is a tribute to the physical and psychological aspects of female life during the Gilded Age. Included in the book are partially invented stories meant to invoke not only the spirit of Louise Vanderbilt and the women who surrounded her, but also the necessary role that women played in this grand American history.
Jen Werner was born in New Jersey. Her stories have been published in H.O.W. Journal, Atticus Review, and Gigantic Sequins. Since 2010, Jen has worked as a reader and online editor for The Literary Review, and is currently a contributing editor. In 2015, Jen launched the Writerly States project, a video documentary series comprised of interviews with writers around the country. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Angela Fraleigh earned her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from Boston University. She has exhibited widely at numerous venues including P.P.O.W Gallery and Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, NY, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Rachael Cozad Fine Art, Kansas City, MO, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA, Inman Gallery Houston, TX, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX. Fraleigh has been nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany grant, was awarded the Yale University Alice Kimball English Travel Grant as well as several international artist-in-residence programs, including the CORE program, MFAH, TX, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE and Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. She is represented by Inman Gallery in Houston, TX and currently lives and works in New York, NY and Allentown, PA with her husband, artist Wes Heiss and their daughter Tuesday.
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